Medical Programmes

Over the last two decades dramatic changes have occurred in health care systems, hence creating many new and exciting roles for pharmacy practitioners and health care providers. A unique feature of the Faculty of Medical Sciences is that it applies a problem-based methodology to learning and teaching. In the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach, students are given a problem to discuss, develop learning objectives and do further research for while lecturers play a facilitatory role in the process. Students of all three disciplines ( Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Dentistry) do a common programme for the first year of study. Lectures/Problem Based Learning and tutorial classes are held in small classes to facilitate one-to-one interaction, and students also have access to the Veterinary, Dental and Medical Hospitals, which are maintained by the North-Central Regional Health Authority.

Undergraduate Degree Programmes


About Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

The MBBS programme spans five years, and is divided into two phases. Phase I consists of a comprehensive study of the basic health sciences, including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology and Community Health, while Phase II involves a two-year clinical clerkship. Students of the MBBS programme develop proficiencies in:

  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical and therapeutic methods, procedures and investigations
  • Community Health and Family Medicine
  • Community Skills
  • Professional competence
Upon successful completion of the course of study, graduates must follow a 12-month internship in order to be eligible for certification by the Medical Council and full registration to practice medicine.


Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

The undergraduate programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) extends over five years and is divided into two phases. Phase I spans the first two years of the programme and is devoted to the study of the basic medical and dental sciences. The first three semesters are taught in cooperation with the School of Medicine as a common programme for dental, medical and veterinary students. After having successfully completed Phase I, students then embark upon the clinical Phase II in their third year of study. These three clinical years leading up to graduation involve supervised patient management in all spheres of dentistry, and the study of causes, management and prevention of oral and dental diseases. Following graduation, students participate in a one-year Phase III programme of pre-licensure internship in General Dentistry to prepare them for independent practice and for eligibility for registration with the Dental Council.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

In this course of study, students are exposed to theoretical and practical training in the pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical aspects of veterinary medicine. The Clinical Phase of the programme includes clinical clerkships/rotations and a Seeing Practice externship


BSc Pharmacy

The Pharmacy programme extends over four (4) years, and its curriculum consists of an intensive programme of Pharmacy Studies, Pharmacy Sciences, Pharmacy Practice, Community Health, Social Sciences and summer and extended clerkships.

Important Note For Applicants To The Pharmacy Programme From Caribbean Countries

You must complete a prescribed form in duplicate to register your interest in pursuing a career in Pharmacy with your local Pharmacy Board/ Council. One copy of this form must accompany your application to the Campus Registrar. The Pharmacy Board/Council will forward the other copy directly to the University. Students from other countries may need to consult with their Pharmacy Boards or Councils to ascertain whether they need to follow any existing regulations


BSc Nursing (BSc N Post RN)

The Nursing curriculum is designed for completion in a minimum of two years on a full-time basis, and offers a programme of teaching, outreach, nursing practice and clerkship.


BSc Nursing (Generic)

This is a new programme designed to prepare candidates to become Registered Nurses and to provide excellent nursing care to patients. Students will develop their knowledge, skills and clinical practice to become qualified nurses who would provide high quality nursing service to patients/clients in preventative, acute, long-term, continuing care.


BSc Optometry

The Optometry programme spans four (4) years which includes a clinical year in Year 4. This year consists of twelve (12) continuous months of clinical work, which is aimed at honing the skills, developing the professionalism and enabling the trainee clinical students to be fully seized of the clinical, ethical and legal requirements of the Optometrist.


BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Dental Hygienists are health care professionals skilled in preventing diseases such as dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) diseases through education and treatment. the dental hygienist is a clinician, an educator, a manager and a valuable member of the dental health care team. Dental Therapists are health care professionals trained to provide dental care to children under 18 years old and are employed mostly within the community dental service. They carry out a range of procedures including intra and extra oral assessment, scaling and polishing, applying materials to teeth such as fluoride and fissure sealants, taking dental radiographs, providing dental health education to individuals or groups, undertaking routine restorations and extractions of deciduous teeth under local infiltration analgesia.